Chris Nolan’s take on the Batman car, known as the Tumbler, may not be the most iconic of the movie series, but it is most certainly the most realistic. In fact, the Tumbler can be driven on roads and is powered by a small block Chevy engine as Jay Leno, who runs his own YouTube channel, recently found out.
1. It took 1-year to build the vehicle and with that many of the parts are modular in the event that they are broken or damaged.
2. The jet engine, which mind you actually shoots real life flames, doesn’t actually propel the Tumbler. It’s a hot air balloon burner that is attached to propane tanks.
3. Progressive suspension with a foot of travel is on board. In other words it gets stiffer and stiffer as you drive the car faster.
4. The Tumbler weighs about as much as a Chevy Suburban or pick up truck; probably about 6000 pounds.
5. There is a Nascar rear axle. Whatever that means.
6. The Gear ratio can be changed on the fly.
7. The Tumbler you see in the movie did the actual jumping shots (though I’m sure they’re embellished for cinematic effect).
8. 7 Tumblers were built including one with no engine. Each one had a specific job.
9. Cost to build is $500,000 to $1,000,000 for the first one. The other Tumblers were cheaper, but probably not by much.
The gallery below and the featured image isn’t of the same Tumbler. This one was built by Team Galag, who created the to scale vehicle for the Gumball 3000.